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The Bible(s) Hits the iPhone

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We expected to see our share of social networking apps, sports programs and games in the iTunes App Store today, but one thing that we underestimated was the sheer amount of Bible software that would be available at launch. Really. While other faiths seem left in the dark, Christian software design firms showed up in large numbers to repackage what is pretty much the same thing, the Bible.

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Bible Xpress

Price: $30

Tagline: "BibleXpress is the Bible for the common Christian."

Features: Multiple translations of the Bible, bookmarks, notes, a "powerful search engine" and slot machine-like wheel. But instead of monies you get holies.

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Bible Verse

Price: $2.99

Tagline: "Bible verse allows you to have the entire...Bible on your iPhone."

Features: Barebones and split into different versions (King James and American Standard) for cheapie downloading. It's like buying faith off the á la carte menu.

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BibleScope

Price: $2.99

Tagline: "BibleScope is a Bible study application..."

Featuers: It's a Bible (KJV and NSB) with bookmarks, search and notes. Seems like the deal of the bunch as Bible Xpress costs about 10 times more for the same thing.

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Holy Sword

Price: Free

Tagline: "The Holy Sword is a small software which is designed as a Bible reader."

Features: From what we can tell, a Chinese and English version of the Bible.

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Universalis

Price: $32.99

Tagline: "Daily psalms, prayers and readings from the Catholic Liturgy of the Hours."

Features: While technically not a full Bible, the app creates a calendar of faith with a daily to do list of faith-based content for a Catholic audience.

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Bibles2GO

Price: $9.99

Tagline: "Bible2GO is an electronic bookshelf for multiple bibles."

Features: Three versions of the Bible, popup footnotes, auto landscape viewing and the words of Jesus are in red.

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At the moment, no other religious texts appear to be represented on iTunes. That is, if you don't count the "Attaining Zen" rock garden app.

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DISCUSSION

@ps61318: Utter nonsense! Your argument is called "The Absence Theodicy" and it's been discredited many times. Here's an brief example:

"The absence theodicy does not explain why god created the scale of good and evil. We only experience any of these varying things because God created the scales in the first place, and created the extent of either end of the scale. By creating scales of heat and chill, good and evil, god makes it possible for us to experience them. If God chose not to create the scale of good and evil, then experience of evil would not be possible, only the experience of good. Not all experiences exist on scales; for example the Universe exists. Its existence and our experience of its existence is not on a scale, it absolutely exists. God could have made happiness or goodness an absolute, not part of a scale. But God instead created evil by creating the good/evil dichotomy." And so on...

Your hedging your bets argument is called "Pascal's Wager" and it too has been shown to be poor logic and has been denied even by many leading theologians.

1. What if You Bet on The Wrong God?

There have been many religions throughout history and many Gods. This means you have a high probability of choosing the wrong God. If there is a different God and he's vengeful, you're screwed.

This factor means that your are better off choosing non-belief!

2. It Assumes That God Rewards Belief

If God exists and is less jealous and vengeful than our small-minded images of him/her/it, then belief could be an irrelevant factor in gaining entry to the afterlife.

3. Isn't Pascal's Wager Essentially Selfish?

Wouldn't a God (unless it was a dumb God, which might be a reasonable hypothesis) have a poor opinion of people who chose faith in order to cover their asses? Choosing faith as an ultimate form of insurance is self-centered and disingenuous.

4. People Can Not Really Choose To Believe in a God

Belief is not directly subject to the will. So, it is impossible for nontheists to self-induce theistic belief.

If someone has come to the conclusion that there is no God, is that really their fault? They chose neither their nurture nor their nature.

Of course this is effectively saying that we do not have free will. The absence of free will has been convincingly argued by philosophers down the centuries and those arguments have never been over-turned. The only arguments against free will are based on quoting from the Bible, or based on the fact that we feel emotionally uncomfortable by the idea. None of these arguments are logically sound.

p.s. There's an "o" in God! If you think it's wrong to say the word (and it's not even supposed to be his/her/its name, the word "god" is a a noun, but not a proper noun) then do you think that simply missing out one letter would fool anything but the most simple-minded entity? Even a d-g would be able to see through that one!